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My first record shop was an independent shop in Ashton under Lyne, I can't remember the name but it was in the Mercian mall. I was 13 in 1991/92 and used to go in after my classical guitar lessons for Neds Atomic Dustbin, Tennage Fanclub, Wonder Stuff, Thousand Yard Stare and Chapterhouse, singles for 50-£1. I couldn't afford albums. It was a great place, the staff were total idols to me at the time. Anyone know the name? After that moved on to Andy's in Oldham and then Piccadilly and Vinyl exchange in Mcr. Pelican Neck was pretty cool for a while in Afflecks. Comment: dudehead

The shop was The Sound House. It used to be over near the Witchwood and moved in the Mercian in the early 90's.
Back in the late Eighties I'd sneak out of school at dinner time on a Monday get the bus to Ashton to get the new releases and picture discs which they would only have a couple of. When it moved to a bigger shop in the Mercian I think it was under more pressure to survive and Andys Records moving in to Ashton killed it off. Comment selwood101.

Sound House (which you have posted a photo of on your site) started off at the far end of Stamford Street which at the time was mostly derelict before moving to more modern premises in the shopping precinct (Staveleigh Way). They sold new releases. Comment: Deano Carroll

Paul Baker and Carole Sanderson ran the Soundhouse. Eventually had to fold the business up. Too much competition from the big music stores HMV etc

Mark Dally (2023)




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